UN rights chief disturbed by “terrible accounts” of torture in Burundi


The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has warned of a sharp increase in the use of torture and ill-treatment in Burundi by government security forces.

Some 595 people have been ill-treated or tortured in Burundi prisons since 2015, while this year alone, 345 new cases have been recorded by human rights observers on the ground.

These acts took place mainly at the time of arrest, upon arrival or during detention, especially in facilities run by intelligence officials, the police and, to a lesser extent, the army.

Many detainees visited by the UN team had “fresh wounds on their bodies, some were unable to walk without assistance after being beaten with belts, iron rods or sharp objects, or burned”, said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Zeid also voiced concerns about worrying reports of the existence of illegal detention facilities, both in Bujumbura and in the countryside.

Source: United Nations

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